Today Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North may decide whether documents and information and additional names of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse will be released in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.
Van de North may also decide whether the depositions of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Father Kevin McDonough can be taken as part of a civil lawsuit.
A man, identified as Doe 1, along with his attorneys and other sexual abuse survivors, sought to force the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, to release this information and has requested the depositions of both Nienstedt and McDonough.
The Archdiocese and Diocese of Winona have fought for years to keep the names and information secret and the Archdiocese has objected to the depositions of both top Archdiocesan officials.
The Winona Diocese released a list of priests in December who were credibly accused of sexual abuse prior to 2004.. The latest request is for a list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse after 2004.